Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Working with Clinical Facts

Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminars 2013 - 2014

SFCP offers these student seminars as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.  The courses are offered free of charge to psychiatry residents and fellows, and to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology, clinical social work, and MFT interns.  All courses are offered Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00PM.  To register, please email Aaron Chow at  If you would like more information about these seminars, please call Michael Loughran, Ph.D., Peninsula Chair of Student Outreach, at (650) 323-3049.  Once you register, you will be called a week prior to class to coordinate getting the readings.  The seminars below will meet at Stanford in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building at 401 Quarry Road in Room 1211 (first floor).

Title: Working with Clinical Facts
Dates: Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014
Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Instructor: Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.
Location: Stanford's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1211
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94304
Cost: Free
To Register: Please email Aaron Chow at

In a psychoanalytic psychotherapy, dialogue focuses less upon the objective facts of a patient's life and more upon facts of the patient's psyche that are ascertained in the course of an analytic process. Through readings and discussion of case material we will explore the nature of these "clinical facts": the way that they are established through collaborative and creative processes in the therapy, and how they can be used to alleviate suffering and expand possibility for the patient.

Michael K. Smith, Ph.D., Member and Faculty, SFCP; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine; Private Practice, Palo Alto.

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